Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Massachusetts gov sued over closure of recreational cannabis stores

A handful of adult-use marijuana businesses on Wednesday sued Massachusetts’ governor, seeking a reversal of his executive order requiring recreational cannabis stores to close during the COVID-19 crisis. The lawsuit calls unconstitutional a decision by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that adult-use marijuana stores are nonessential businesses and must remain closed until May 4. The lawsuit, filed in […]

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Massachusetts marijuana bribery trial delayed because of COVID-19

The trial of a former Massachusetts mayor charged with extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from prospective marijuana businesses has been delayed until September because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trial for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia had been scheduled for May but now will begin Sept. 14, according to legal news service Law360. […]

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Big cannabis companies scale back amid coronavirus, raising questions about industry’s overall health

The COVID-19 outbreak is causing serious jitters among large cannabis companies, with a growing list of multistate marijuana operators scaling back by laying off workers and shuttering operations in a bid to slash costs. The widespread cutbacks this week by Acreage Holdings, MedMen Enterprises and 4Front Ventures also call into question the overall health of the marijuana industry […]

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Cannabis REIT inks $49 million sale-leaseback deal with Ascend

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust that specializes in the marijuana industry, bought a cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Massachusetts from Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) in a $49 million sale-leaseback deal. San Diego-based IIP paid $26.8 million to Boston-based AWH – a vertically integrated, multistate marijuana operator – for a 199,000-square-foot facility […]

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Denver man sues cannabis firm for alleged spamming

A Denver man filed a lawsuit alleging that the operator of marijuana stores in Colorado, Massachusetts and Nevada violated federal telemarketing law by sending him promotional text messages without his permission. In a proposed class action suit, Bryce Abbink sued Denver-based Good Chemistry for the alleged spam promotions. According to the 13-page lawsuit, the “alleged Class […]

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Massachusetts medical marijuana workers sick with coronavirus

In what could be a warning to medical cannabis business owners throughout Massachusetts, state regulators are looking into complaints that a large MMJ company was not following social-distancing guidelines and other measures to lessen the spread of the coronavirus after two employees were diagnosed with COVID-19. One person who tested positive worked at a large […]

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Massachusetts gov urged to reopen adult-use marijuana shops

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker received requests from two different groups to reverse a decision and declare recreational cannabis businesses as “essential” and, thus, allow adult-use companies to remain open during the coronavirus crisis. The Republican governor heard from: A diverse group, including regulators and doctors, that argued permitting adult-use cannabis sales would be in line with stay-at-home […]

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Restructuring cannabis firm MedMen taps interim CEO, withdraws guidance

Financially struggling MedMen Enterprises has retained a management advisory firm to help it restructure. The Los Angeles-based company also tapped two executives from the firm, SierraConstellation Partners (SCP), to serve as MedMen’s interim CEO and chief operating officer. The multistate marijuana operator said in a news release it hired SCP on an interim basis to “support the […]

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